There will always be people who are smarter than you.
There will always be people who have more money than you.
There will always be people who are more popular than you.
There will always be people who are more attractive than you.
There will always be people who are more talented than you.
There will always be people who are funnier than you.
There will always be people who have more friends than you.
There will always be people who stand out more than you.
But that’s ok…
Just keep being you.
What are the ‘things’ you worry about? Is it your finances, career, children, or your future? What about what others think about you? The list could go on and on about the various worries each of us have in our lives. The original Greek word for worry literally means to have a ‘divided mind, or to divide into parts.’
Do you ever wonder if you can get rid of the worry in your life or is it consuming you and you don’t know what to do? I want to share a couple thoughts which hopefully will be helpful overcoming the worries in your life.
In Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus is teaching those who were gathered around him about not needing to worry. He had just been teaching them about money and how we cannot serve both God and money at the same time. It is one or the other. (the choice is yours) He then proceeds to teach about worry. Worry is often misplaced trust. People don’t trust God or they don’t know how to. Jesus leaves a clue in verse 33 regarding how to overcome worry.
vs. 33- “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
1. Seek His Kingdom
The first key in overcoming worry is to seek God’s Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is the King’s Domain. Where He dwells. To seek His Kingdom involves action.
2. Talk about them.
Be honest with yourself. Acknowledge worries and have people pray for you. Confession is a powerful principle. As you confess your worries, you break the power and control it has over your life.
3. Gain Perspective
Perspective is everything. Ask yourself tough questions. Sometimes people major on the minors. Gaining a clear perspective of your situation can help you overcome your worries.
Can you add to this list?
I remember my mom telling me: “once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” I believed her. I had no reason to doubt her, she was my mom. When I was 14 I started experimenting with drugs. The experiment turned into a 10 year lifestyle. As my addiction worsened, I believed I couldn’t change. Once an addict, always an addict. Well, today, I don’t believe that statement any longer. I believe, Jesus saves!
What does it mean to be a man? We live in a day and age when there is a lot of confusion around this topic. When you turn on the television today, many of the television shows and movies portray men as bumbling idiots. The truth is, there is some merit to the way men are being defined in our culture. It is painful to acknowledge this, but we cannot escape the truth. What happened? Where did things go wrong? For many males, they haven’t always had the greatest role models to aspire to be like. In many ways, our father’s have dropped the ball. I am not placing blame, I am just making a point.
Where does one go to learn what it means to be a man? There is no school to go to or courses we can take. It’s not wise to watch movies or tv programs to try and learn what it means to be a man. For many. There are belief systems and ideologies which need to be torn down in order to have a healthy understanding of what it means to be a man. Your belief system controls your actions. Right believing will cause right living. For me, the Bible is my frame of reference. I believe Biblical manhood is when we recognize we are created in the image of God. Men are to be image bearers. We are to bear the image of the One who created us.
Listen to what Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV) says about Jesus:
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Do you want to learn what it means to be a man? Jesus is our greatest example! If you want to be a man, be like Jesus. I feel a great responsibility to learn what it means to be a man as I have two sons. I know I have a lot of areas in my life where I need to grow and mature but I endeavor to allow the work of Divine surgeon to do only what He can do.
What does it mean to you to be a man?
An obstacle is “a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.” Many of us have been somewhat rather introspective over the past few weeks as a new year has come upon us. We have begun to make an inventory on our lives and identify the changes we want to make. The reality is, many of us never make the changes we want because there are too many obstacles in our way. Most of us have an idea of where we would like to be in the next 1, 3, 5 and even 10 years. Is this wise? Shouldn’t we be focused on today?
Obstacles vary. Some are big and some are minute. No matter what the obstacles are, they affect us. They overwhelm us and frustrate us. Some obstacles cause us to want to throw in the towel and quit, while others cause us to curl up in the fetal position and cry. No matter what our response is to the obstacles we are facing, a key to overcoming is our attitude. An attitude is a pattern of thinking. A way of looking at things. What obstacles are you facing right now?
What is your attitude towards them?
Here is a closing thought I want to leave you with to ponder. Some obstacles are disguised as opportunities.